The match came alive two minutes into the second half after a moment of individual genius by UBI Lineker Machado. Finding space for a shot in the middle of the park from what was a good thirty yards from goal, the midfielder unleashed a spectacular strike which rocketed into the top corner of the net – past a full stretch goalkeeper. Goal! 1-0 to UBI.
Despite being a goal down, Railways came back strong and almost snatched an equalizer five minutes later. Second half sub Allwyn Dhyanprakash used his blistering pace to good effect after stealing the ball off his marker’s feet and playing a diagonal ball across the face of goal. Karim, following up at the far post, blasted the ball over and the chance went begging.
Central Railways persistence finally paid off – minutes from time when they grabbed an equalizer off a set-piece play. E K Arun, ideally placed inside the box, took an instinctive swing at a loose ball inside the area which left the keeper with no chance as it nestled into the far corner of the net. Goal! 1-1.
Super-sub Allwyn, who was having an excellent game ever since coming on, played another identical ball across the face of goal however with none of the forwards making a run for what would have been a winner, the ball rolled out of play and into touch.
Eventually, the referee signaled for full-time and UBI recorded their second consecutive draw of the season – while Railways had their first point of the season. With nine games to go and only three play-off spots available, both teams have an uphill task ahead to catch up with the league leaders.